My mother, who is now 85, had a defibrillator implanted less than a year ago. She was experiencing significant pain above her stomach and since no gastrointestinal problem was located, she was referred to a cardiologist. He recommended the implant. At one time, she apparently had a heart attack, although she was not aware of it at the time. She is very thin (now about 105 lbs., 5'3" tall) and because of the chronic pain caused by the implant (as it juts up against muscle, nerve, or bone) is now feeling it was a terrible decision. She cannot sleep on one side because the device hurts. If it were possible, she would have it removed, but has been told that cannot be done. The physician offered to move it, but his warnings about the dangers of additional surgery (infection, etc.) have frightened my mother and she doesn't want to go through the procedure just to have it moved, as the pain may not cease. Even more frustrating is the fact that the original stomach pain persists. To complicate the situation, the physician treating her is not, in my mother's view, a particularly nice or sympathetic person. My mother is not a complainer about physical ailments, and is in fact rather stoic, so I don't think she is exaggerating the pain she is experiencing. Are there any suggestions for pain relief? Is it true that the device cannot be removed? Thank you.